The Top-30 WordPress Plugins [Infographic]

by 118 04/05/2013

When it comes to functionality and performance, it’s hard to beat a WordPress website.

But all that power doesn’t just happen. It’s the result of the plugins you select to solve problems and add features.

The challenge, of course, is choosing the right ones. Since you have to choose from a database of more than 22,000 options,  the whole topic of WordPress plugins can be overwhelming.

So I wanted to share this infographic that lays out 30 of WordPress’s most popular plugins:

Wordpress Most Popular Plugins

This infographic is courtesy of WordPress Templates and Designed by Technology Infographics

Here it is again, grouped by category:

SEO

Spam Checker

Playing Nice with Google

While you’re at it, check out these alternatives to Google Analytics

Other Technical Functionality

Connecting with Visitors

Content Management

Monetizing Your Site

One word of warning: Too many plugins can slow down your site. When considering them, keep these 5 principles of website usability at the top of your mind.

Your turn

Do you agree with this list? What are your favorite WordPress plugins? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Kathryn Aragon is editor of The Daily Egg, publisher of the C4 Report and founder of Top Marketers Only. She is committed to helping businesses communicate, connect, convert... and capture their market. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

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118 COMMENTS

Satish

Awesome list! I’m so glad you gave the links to each plugin too. My favorite SEO plugin is Yoast! Its good compared to other! Thanks for the share :)

April 5, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Yoast is one of my favorites too, Satish. I’m not sure that one will ever be outdone.

    April 5, 2013 Reply

      Damian Baker

      Hey Kathryn, I couldn’t agree with you more. WordPress SEO by Yoast is one of my all time faves. I am also a big fan of Google XML Sitemaps. I love the way you created this list as an Infographic, you are very talented. Keep up the good work.

      Damian,
      CSS & JavaScript Toolbox

      October 4, 2013 Reply

Kashif

Woo-Commerce should also be in this list under Monetizing Your Site category.

April 5, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Good one, Kashif. I was thinking along the same lines, but my choice was WP eStore. Thanks for the addition.

    April 5, 2013 Reply

Chris

Great list! I use or have used almost all of the plugins you mentioned.

April 5, 2013 Reply

Paul

Nice list, thanks….Wordpress SEO by Yoast is awesome i think. And what about Tweetmeme retweet button? Why it isn’t on list?

April 6, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Great contribution, Paul! That’s one of my favorites, too. I’m not sure why it didn’t make the list.

    April 6, 2013 Reply

Shwetha Reddy

Hey Kathryn,
I read this post on the right time :-)
I am planning to my infographic directory website this month :-)
Thanks a lot for this post

April 10, 2013 Reply

Nikunj Tamboli

The list could have included security plugins for wordpres

April 16, 2013 Reply

Tyronne Ratcliff

Thanks for the share Kathryn, love these infographics! These are some great plugins as well.

April 16, 2013 Reply

Ashley Faulkes

Hi Kathryn, fantastic summary of plugins. I use quite a lot of them and need to get on to a few others it seems. Nice to see them all in one place. I also wrote a post recently about contact forms, as that seemed to be a jungle in itself.
great work
ashley

April 18, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Thanks, Ashley! I’ll have to check out your post. Sounds useful.

    April 18, 2013 Reply

Jeff

Hi Kathryn, What plugin are you using for the inforgrahich? it is good to have enlarge & embed. Thanks. Jeff

April 19, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Hi Jeff. I’m not using a plugin for the infographic. I just use good old-fashioned embed codes. To do a “click to enlarge” link, try this:

    [open bracket] a href=”large image path” rel=”nofollow” [close bracket, then open bracket] img src=”small image path” alt=”small image description” width=”” height=”” border=”” / [close bracket, then open bracket] /a [close bracket]

    Use the width and height of your small image. If you want, you can also put in the small image description “Click for larger image.”

    April 19, 2013 Reply

Ryan Yu

Thanks for the great list Kathryn! I would also add SEO Rank Repoter which I found it very useful :)

April 25, 2013 Reply

MattWest

Another great list. I recommend the Sendola plugin for future updates. It lets users send your contact details to their phone for free. check it out.

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sendola/

April 26, 2013 Reply

Tim Biden

WordFence needs to be added to the list!
It provides great security as well as malware scans of your WordPress site. After discovering that my personal blog was infected, and it subsequently fixed the problems, it immediately became my favorite plugin. It’s the first one I install on every new WP site.

April 29, 2013 Reply

Liton Arefin

I have been looking this kind of wordpress plugins. Great collection of wordpress plugins. Thanks for share.

April 30, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Glad it helps! You’ll have to check back in and let us know your favorites.

    April 30, 2013 Reply

codebrain

I think All in One SEO pack is better than Yoost SEO plugin!
awesome collection….

May 2, 2013 Reply

rajendra ray

very useful list. thanks for the article. in most of blogs i have seen tht “all in one SEO pack” is the best one but when i search in wordpress.org, its getting less rating than other plugins. dont know why…

May 3, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    That’s interesting… I don’t know why either. Thanks for the input, Rajendra.

    May 3, 2013 Reply

Shil

Very comprehensive list Kathryn. However, you’ve not included Word Fence security plugin. It’s good.

May 9, 2013 Reply

Saddam Hossain

A very nice post with a nice list of plugins. Thanks very much for the list.

May 9, 2013 Reply

Anchit

Hi Kathryn,

Very Useful List of Plugins.. My Fav is SEO Yoast and Contact Form 7..Keep Posting!!!

Regards,
Anchit

May 9, 2013 Reply

Alex

hey Kathryn, great article! always like hearing the latest and greatest on WordPress plugins.
Try checking out the Barc commenting plugin – it’s a new way to add real time commenting to any site with useful features like private chat rooms, language translation and embeddable multi-media to name a few.
Please check it out!
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/barc-chat/

May 14, 2013 Reply

Guillaume

Very nice list ! I bookmarked it and use it almost every day ! THANKS ! :)

May 16, 2013 Reply

Thomas

Hi Kathryn, really awesome article thanks! Since you seem to be up to date I was wondering if you would knew about a plugin that would allow to show on the same feed all your facebook, twitter, instagram… latest posts? I have came accross a few that only allow feed per social network not all under the same… any suggestion would be greatly appreciated…. Keep up the good work !

May 17, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Hi Thomas. You might try Social Media Mashup. I haven’t tried it, but it looks like it could do what you want.

    May 17, 2013 Reply

      Thomas

      Looks like the shoe fit, thanks for the tip will let you know how it performs ;)

      May 17, 2013 Reply

Glenn

Hello Kathryn! Great List, I’m new to wordpress so I’ll be definitely installing a good amount of these. Quick question, where can I get the top and sliding (floating) “420” flares social bar? I definitely need something like that! Thank you :D

May 25, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Hi Glenn! Glad you liked the list. You can get Flare here: http://wordpress.org/plugins/flare/ I’ve really been happy with it.

    May 25, 2013 Reply

      Rahul Kuntala

      The problem with flares plugin is this: it sometimes shows the flare count in meta description (while googling). Besides that, it’s a great plugin!

      Love the infographics!

      September 28, 2013 Reply

        Kathryn Aragon

        Glad you like it, Rahul. I hadn’t noticed the flare count in Google–that’s certainly worth considering. But I have to admit, I like the sleek design of Flare.

        September 28, 2013 Reply

          Rahul Kuntala

          Hey I just checked out your website too. It’s really interesting!

          I’m now encountering a problem by using Flares. Here’s the screenshot

          You’ve any idea on how to fix it?

          Thanks!

          October 11, 2013

          Kathryn Aragon

          Thanks for visiting, Rahul. Weird problem on your Flares. No idea how to fix it now, but I’ll let you know if I find anything.

          October 11, 2013

Recipedev

Nice Colletion of wordpress plugins, Thanks !!
I was looking for a good sharing plugin, Thinking to add “Sociable” to my site.

May 25, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Sociable is a good one, but I found it didn’t always put the Facebook like button at the top of the page. You might also try Flare, iShare, or Simple Share Buttons Adder.

    May 25, 2013 Reply

      Recipedev

      Dear Kathryn, Thanks for the detailed information about Sciable,
      I’m currently using “Flare”, but the proble with flare is that it shows 0 Flares | 0 Facebook likes | 0 Tweets… and so on when I or somebuddy shares my post on Facebook.

      In short Flare is distrubing my “expert” content on Facebook and other social media.

      I love flare as it’s really impressive and eye catching sharing option, can you please help me solving the issue listed above?

      May 25, 2013 Reply

        Kathryn Aragon

        Interesting problem. I just checked out your website, and it looks like it’s working — I didn’t see any recipes with 0 shares. But if you’re unhappy, it’s always worth testing something else. With Sociable, you’ll have the fancy share buttons below your post, but you won’t have the sidebar slider. I say give it a try and see if it helps sharing.

        Good luck!

        May 25, 2013 Reply

Rich White

Just Came Across This Today! I Actually Added a Couple of Different Plug Ins to my Site From Your List .. Including the Fast Secure Contact Form. Very Helpful!

Thanks Again!

May 30, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    That’s awesome, Rich! Glad it helped.

    May 30, 2013 Reply

      wpdil

      I love the design in which plugin is describe. Great post.

      February 10, 2014 Reply

kiran

thank you for sharing this post it help me most

June 5, 2013 Reply

Keisha

I need a plugin that pushes my posts to Facebook. I’ve looked at 3 “top plugin lists” and none have had this on them?? Can someone recommend a reliable one? I found one “Social Marketing” but now it doesnt work.

June 5, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Hi Keisha. Have you tried Wordbooker? They say their posts look as if you had posted them yourself, which is definitely the goal. Check it out and let us know what you think.

    June 5, 2013 Reply

Sophia

The SmartFilter plugin is a great addition to the security plugins you listed, it’s great for detecting and countering cross-site-scripting attack!

June 25, 2013 Reply

Mike

Great list! Also, a lot of people don’t know that their WordPress website can be accessed like a native app on iOS and mobile devices. If you are interested, WP-Webapp is an excellent way to give your WordPress website app-like access and functionality.

July 2, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    I’m glad you mentioned that, Mike. I use the WordPress App, but I didn’t think to say so.

    July 2, 2013 Reply

actual articles

WP Super Cache, not WP Super Cashe :) :)

July 4, 2013 Reply

Indian Recipes

Flare has Added a new icon at the end of All flare icons which is giving link to FILAMENT dot io, I hate this thing because users will be diverted to their site, and they didn’t even put nofollow. :(

Flare is no longer in use on my site, searching for another great plugin.

July 4, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    They sure did… How irritating! Let us know if you find something.

    July 4, 2013 Reply

      Anand Lathigara

      Yes I Found a way to Remove “FILAMENT icon” from the share bar – Here it is:
      1. Go to the plugins page in your wordpress. (Where all installed plugins are listed)
      2. Edit Flare plugin – Click on the “Edit” link just below the “Flare”.
      3. Editor will open default “flare.php” to edit, but We don’t need to change anything in it. So just click on “flare/views/sharebar.php” from the right side list of files.
      4. Search for the following code and remove it.

      <span data-type="filament" class="-button button-type-filament -iconstyle- last" style="background-color:#9848b5;z-index:">
      <span class="-button-wrap">
      <span class="-button-icon">Filament.io


      5. Click on the “update file” button to save the changes.
      6. You are done, Have fun! :)

      (You can also do it by downloading the “flare/views/sharebar.php” to your computer and edit it, then just upload and replace with the original one)

      Please let me know if you are facing any trouble, OR need any further assistance. I will be happy to help.

      July 4, 2013 Reply

        Kathryn Aragon

        Anand, that’s perfect. The code you typed in unfortunately didn’t render right, so I’ve uploaded the new php in “flare/views/sharebar.php.” This is the code AFTER I followed your instructions. Here’s the text file with the replacement code. Kudos to Anand Lathigara for figuring that out.

        July 4, 2013 Reply

          Kathryn Aragon

          One more bit of code was removed. Here’s the updated text file. And a reminder is in order: If you update Flare, you’ll need to replace the code again.

          July 13, 2013

Shobhit

Great list, but for E-Commerce I would recommend WooCommerce should be in the list and Yoast SEO should be on the top of the list, it’s now a mainstream SEO plugin for WordPress.

July 5, 2013 Reply

    Rajan Singh

    You are right shobhit .Yoats is now popular seo plugin among wp users.

    August 21, 2014 Reply

Joyce

Wow. Thanks Anand and Kathryn. The final text file solution worked perfectly to remove the filament icon from the sharebar. Your expertise is much appreciated, saved me so much time and effort!

July 9, 2013 Reply

Irfad Imtiaz

Awesome
I love the way your described with an image and seriously many of these, I am already using and the rest, I have just installed :)
Thank You.

July 10, 2013 Reply

Martin

Awesome list, thanks for posting it, I’ll share this on Facebook!
Actuallzy, I already have some of these plugins, but there are some new that are going to be installed immediately. Google Analytics for WordPress will be the first one. :-)

July 28, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Great to hear, Martin! I love the Google Analytics plugin for fast, easy tracking of my content’s performance.

    July 28, 2013 Reply

Ganesh

Thank you for this information I just plugged in all you suggested hopefully for my blog.

August 7, 2013 Reply

Vivek Nath.R

Nice list, but you should consider to include some sucurity plugins.

August 7, 2013 Reply

Sean Maki

Nice infographic, covers a lot of that I initially install on my wordpress sites. I’ll have to take a look at WP Polls and Really Simple Captcha for the contact plugin.

August 27, 2013 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Glad you like it. Let us know if you find others that ought to be included in the list.

    August 27, 2013 Reply

Surendra Chauhan

hello really a nice article i am wondering on net for some plugins but in your articles its realy helps me alot now i have remove unusefull plugins from my wordpress and install all plugins but jetpack is installed but when i am going to activate it, then its gives me error like your site is not publically accessible tell me how to resolve this issue.
thank you in advance.

September 26, 2013 Reply

Mark

Thanks for sharing infographic with us.

October 21, 2013 Reply

Shital Bhalani

Wow….comment images?! That’s great, thank you. I would never find it by myself. Fixed widget another winner. Good job

December 13, 2013 Reply

Mehreen Ali Syed

really nice collection

December 18, 2013 Reply

Tom

Nice list! Have used most of them but Broken Link Checker was not one I had come accross before, thanks for sharing.

December 22, 2013 Reply

Michael

Probably the most helpful blog post ever, haha

December 25, 2013 Reply

Ishaan Bhati

Some plugins I have and some I don’t, like Buddypress and Redirection. Great plugins. Thanks!

January 2, 2014 Reply

Matt

Yoast SEO is better than All in one seo.

I use yoast in my all sites. Used All in one seo too, but Yoast got it better.

January 9, 2014 Reply

Trivedi Jay

Great post Kathryn Aragon

Specially Thanks to you for posting this valuable post for wordpress most useful and popular plugins… I was searching many plugins for my websites to doing exprements for getting more success by earning more money from blogging…

I found your blog now after long time, Now i am subscribing you and getting more valuable contents for future. Thanks again … Have a nice day or night :) When you see my comment :)

Thanks …

January 17, 2014 Reply

Lewis Iyaogeh

I recently found a great plugin called Magic Backgrounds. It’s a brilliant idea to keep your blog always fresh. It has season dependent backgrounds and comes with some builtin wallpapers (not so great) that you can change…

February 12, 2014 Reply

Alvian Rahardjo

My favorite WP plugin is AIOSP, it works well for me
although many bloggers said Yoast is better than AIOSP, i still use AIOSP :)

February 28, 2014 Reply

Fabian

I recommend this plugin wordpress.org/plugins/audio-comments/

March 4, 2014 Reply

Maddy

Thank you so much… I have tried and tried to do this… thanks for your help

March 31, 2014 Reply

Amit Kapoor

awesome wordpress plugins list Thanks for sharing. I have also a WordPress plugin please check it out socialappshq.com/widget/landing and Give me feedback

April 23, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Thanks, Amit! Appreciate you sharing. For people who want to integrate Twitter into their website, the app could be ideal.

    April 23, 2014 Reply

    neil

    Amit, thanks for the share :)

    April 23, 2014 Reply

Bennie

Yoast SEO is my absolute favourite!!! Automize is also improving on my list.

June 11, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    I haven’t used Automize. I’ll have to take a look. Thanks for sharing, Bennie.

    June 11, 2014 Reply

    Neil Patel

    Bennie, it’s a pretty good tool. Thanks for sharing :)

    June 11, 2014 Reply

Shane Barker

Excellent infograph thanks for sharing. Few days ago I used this plugin http://wordpress.org/plugins/business/ Excellent for a corporate website with options to Team Members, Testimonials,FAQ, Skills and Back To Top button on any wordpress website.

August 3, 2014 Reply

Ati

i love w3c total wordpress plugin, it will boost ur site speed, especially because of CDN setting. its awesome feature!

September 6, 2014 Reply

Greg

Hi, We also were using the All in One SEO plugin but have since moved everything over to Yoast because it is far more comprehesive. I have yet to find a comperehensive auditing tool covering all aspects of web audits, so we are busy with developing one that covers linkage, speed, onsite and social media!

September 25, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Yoast is my favorite SEO plugin too. Thanks for sharing, Greg.

    September 25, 2014 Reply

Nick

Thank you for this great list Kathryn! There is only one flaw – we’re not on there ;-)

Are you planning to update this list at some point? Reason why I’m asking: We’ve built a 100% free, innovative (!), so-easy-that-my-granny-can-use-it-plugin which allows bloggers to add social & share icons to their blogs, give them counts, add pop-ups and many other features. Please have a look: Ultimate Social Media Icons.

We’ve really put a lot of thought into it, and now facing the challenge that nobody knows about us :) So if you ever decide to write an article where we may fit in, it would be great if you could mention us – we’re young and need the publicity :)

Thank you Kathryn! Cheers, Nick

October 1, 2014 Reply

    Kathryn Aragon

    Nice plugin, Nick. Thanks for letting us know about it. If I decide to update the article, I’ll certainly try to include you. Cheers!

    October 2, 2014 Reply


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